NLLD 2015

Vote for Libraries buttonNational Library Legislative Day (NLLD) is a two-day advocacy event sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) where hundreds of library supporters, leaders and patrons gather in Washington, D.C. to meet with their members of Congress to champion national library funding.  Attending from Minnesota were: Jim Weikum, Arrowhead Library System (ALS), Pat Conley, recently of Washington County Library, and Carol Walch, Minnesota Department of Employee Relations and Friend of the St. Paul Public Library.

ALA provides detailed in-person and printed information to NLLD participants and the State Library Services created Minnesota specific info for the library delegation to share with Members of Congress.

National Library Legislative Day also includes a virtual advocacy component for library supporters who cannot attend the Washington meetings—advocates have the option to work remotely to connect with legislators via phone calls, text messages, emails and social media platforms.

NLLD 2015

Vote for Libraries buttonRegistration for the 41st annual National Library Legislative Day is now open!

National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) will be May 4-5, 2015. Participants will receive advocacy tips and training, along with important issues briefings prior to their meetings on Capitol Hill. This two-day advocacy event brings hundreds of librarians, trustees, library supporters, and patrons to Washington, D.C. to meet with their Members of Congress to rally support for libraries issues and policies.

Registration information and hotel booking information are available on the ALA Washington Office website.

First-time participants are eligible for a unique scholarship opportunity. The White House Conference on Library and Information Services Taskforce (WHCLIST) and the ALA Washington Office are calling for nominations for the 2015 WHCLIST Award. Recipients of this award receive a stipend ($300 and two free nights at a D.C. hotel) to a non-librarian participant in National Library Legislative Day.

For more information about the WHCLIST award or National Library Legislative Day, check the ALA Washington Office website.  Questions or comments can be directed to grassroots coordinator Lisa Lindle.